Thanksgiving celebration is going to the birds

Contrary to popular belief, there are about three vegetarians living in Moffat County.

Needless to say, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner stretches their patience to a fine, taut thread.

Most of us look forward to Thanksgiving because it brings family and friends together. However, when meat eaters and vegetarians are gathered around the same table, presenting a holiday meal that pleases everyone can be a real challenge.

Often, the meat eaters (about 12,000, minus three, in Moffat County) suggest the vegetarians just "eat around the bird," and fill their plates with all the trimmings. But this shortchanges vegetarian guests in three ways. First, it casts them as second-class citizens at the feasting table. Second, it lacks a culinary star, a vegetarian dish with the same pomp and circumstance as the big, bronzed bird. And third, it fails to recognize that vegetarians actually love turkeys. Just not in the same way meat lovers do.

Turkey lovers everywhere including at least two of Moffat County's threesome are coming out of the proverbial closet this year and adopting a feathered friend instead of eating one.

Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the exploitation of animals used for food production, is celebrating its 15th annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project.

For a donation of $15, surrogate parents receive adoption papers, a bio and photograph of their turkey. And with names like Sassy, Delilah, Mulder, Yoko and Cosmos, who could resist saving one of these exceptional birds?

The adoption packet also includes tips and recipes for preparing a vegetarian meal similar to the one your feathered pal will be gobbling up on Thanksgiving Day. As part of the Adopt-A-Turkey program, Farm Sanctuary hosts vegetarian Thanksgiving celebrations for the rescued turkeys. They are the guests of honor instead of the main course, and dine on stuffed squash, cranberries, pumpkin pie and other vegetarian foods.

Once you've adopted a needy turkey, and helped provide the love and care needed, it truly will make Thanksgiving a happy holiday for all. Yes, even the meat eaters will smile when you show them the photo of your turkey.

To participate in this program, call 1-888-SPONSOR (888)776-6767.

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